Quality of Life in Sydney, Australia

Purchasing Power Index 98.64   High
Safety Index 66.40   High
Health Care Index 77.84   High
Climate Index 97.07   Very High
Cost of Living Index 86.31   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 9.39   Moderate
Traffic Commute Time Index 43.29   Moderate
Pollution Index 26.86   Low
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 178.57   Very High

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Last update: November 2020

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2 Comments so far
Tony Moroney on Feb 02, 2020:
I grew up in Sydney ,like my parents and their parents and their parents. We can never afford to live there anymore. Great to spend a few days but if you're looking for the real traditional Australia its not here anymore.
There are still some buildings and structures to look at but its like going to the Acropolis in Greece. The people who built the place are gone.
Arthur Watts on Dec 22, 2019:
I grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney (Westmead) way back in the 70s, got out in the mid 80s and have only been back as a tourist in the years since. Its a great city for tourists who want to see all the icons - the harbour is genuinely brilliant on a nice day - but I suspect that many Sydneysiders are 'just getting by' from one month to the next. Unless you are taking home more than 200K (AUD) a year, life is unlikely to match the tourist brochures. 200K is not an unreasonable figure for many couples working in Sydney, but well in excess of what many are forced to live on - its one of those cities where you can be earning a hundred K and still struggle to get a home loan. Average salaries in Sydney and Melbourne are considerably higher than the rest of the country, but so are rents. Everything else - crime, homelessness, mental illness - has skyrocketed in the last 20 years but on balance I still prefer Sydney over Melbourne as a tourist destination (I'd reverse that recommendation for foodies, nightlife addicts and culture vultures).

In terms of warnings, I dont think its a good idea for women to walk alone in any of our cities at night - some will say that's just media hysteria, but we have an appalling record of drunken violence (against both sexes). We didnt have to contend with ice or roid rage in the 70s but I expect that wont be news to any resident of a big city virtually anywhere in the world. Be safe.

I still think its a great destination for 3-7 days, but we need to somehow reverse the tide of people who choose to live in one of our three biggest cities while the regional towns suffer. Hope this helps.